Two people have been killed in a shooting in Auckland central business district today.
At least six people are also wounded, including police officers.
Police say the situation is now contained and the shooter is dead.
They were alerted to the incident when someone discharged a firearm inside a construction site at about 7.20am.
The gunman moved through the construction site discharging his pump action shotgun, police say.
When he reached the upper levels he hid inside an elevator shaft.
Police attempted to engage with him, but the gunman fired further shots, before he was found dead a short time later, they say.
The New Zealand Herald reports Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has praised the “heroic” actions of emergency services.
He said there was no identified “political or ideological motivation” for the shooter and as such, there was no need to change the national security risk.
The government has spoken to FIFA organisers today and the Women’s Football World Cup tournament will proceed as planned with the opening match tonight between New Zealand and Norway.
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